India TodayMake rain water harvesting a people's movement: SheilaThe HinduChief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said despite her government's initiative and the money spent, rain water harvesting in the Capital has not had satisfactory results.
“Rain water harvesting has been practised in India for the last 4,000 years. It improves the quantity and quality of ground water, raises the water level in wells and bore-wells, mitigates the effect of drought, and reduces soil erosion by controlling the surface runoff. It also decreases choking of ground water drains and flooding of roads and saves energy. As a result of continuous extraction, ground water levels in India, as well as in Delhi, have gone down. Delhi is facing a crisis of water and its ground water is under serious threat because of illegal and irrational extraction,” said the official.